TV News: Arrow, Roots, Top, Sleepy, Empire

British actor Jimmy Akingbola (“Holby City”) has scored the recurring role of DC Comics villain Baron Reiter (aka. Baron Blitzkrieg) in the fourth season of The CW’s “Arrow”. The character will be an adversary for Oliver and appear in the flashback scenes.

In the comics, the character is the leader of the nefarious group Shadowspire. He joins three other already cast villains this season including Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk, Alexander Calvert as Lonnie Machin/Anarky and Echo Kellum as DC superhero Mister Terrific. [Source: THR]

Phillip Noyce (“Patriot Games”) and Thomas Carter (“Coach Carter”) have been hired to direct nights one and three of the four-night, eight-hour scripted event series remake of the mini-series classic “Roots”. Directors for nights two and four are yet to be announced.

Grammy-winning Questlove has also come onboard the project as executive music producer and will create the authentic African sound and themes for the characters as well as produce the overall sound as the music progresses each night. [Source: A&E]

Top of the Lake
Elisabeth Moss will reprise her role as Detective Robin Griffin in the upcoming second season of Jane Campion’s acclaimed series “Top of the Lake” for BBC2. Campion and Gerard Lee are once again writing the scripts and Campion will co-direct the run with an as yet unannounced second helmer.

This time around Griffin will be investigating a case in Sydney, Australia and the production will be set and shot on location in that city. Filming begins in December. [Source: IF Magazine]

Sleepy Hollow
Shannyn Sossamon (“Wayward Pines,” “Sinister 2”) has joined the cast of FOX’s supernatural drama series “Sleepy Hollow”. Sossamon will play the series-regular role of Pandora, a mysterious new presence who seeks assistance from Witnesses Ichabod and Abbie. [Source: TV Line]

Without question the breakout hit of the last TV season, FOX’s “Empire” not only started strong out of the game – it only grew with each episode and became one of the most popular shows on television. Unsurprisingly, FOX is rushing to get the second season on the air and have released the first promo which you can see below: